Freedom of Assembly/Protest Rights

June 4, 2020
Donald Trump

Trump’s Antifa Boogeyman

People angry at the sorry state of the world and looking to build a better one go out and protest. Yet, across the country when people gathered to protest police violence, they themselves were met with police violence. Donald Trump has responded with a seemingly never ending stream of inflammatory tweets. On Monday, in a demagogic speech, he openly spoke of using the military on US soil against US citizens.  How does Mr. Trump justify his actions? He’s decided to claim that what the nation is is seeing is preplanned, carefully orchestrated, professionally managed protests and violence. The instigator? Antifa.
June 1, 2020
People protesting

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Nationwide Violence Against Anti-Police Brutality Protests

Over the last several days, we have seen shocking images of police violence against protesters. We have heard politicians at all levels of government, and from both sides of the aisle, speak of “outside agitators,” an age old lie told to delegitimize social movements, downplay rightful anger, and greenlight repression. These are dark and trying times. But it is precisely because of dark and trying times that we at Defending Rights & Dissent fight for the right to protest and engage in collective action aimed at building a more just world. 
September 10, 2019

Church Committee Final Report, Book III, 1976

Take a deep dive into the observations of Senate staff regarding FBI tactics toward civil society. Direct link: Original document name: Church Committee Report Book III [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”resource-type”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”geo”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”yr”]
August 21, 2019

Testimony to Wisc. Board of Regents Against Anti-Protest Rule

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July 12, 2019

Anti-Protest Bills, from National to State Level, Gain Ground

Following nationwide protests against pipelines, industry-backed legislation has been passed to crack down on protestors. 17 states have had bills criminalizing protests at pipelines with 7 states having passed bills. The situation escalated when Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao proposed
June 13, 2019

States Push Anti-Protest Bills In Response to Teachers’ Strikes

Throughout the states that saw major teacher strikes, retaliation has come in the form of threatening freedom of speech, assembly, and association. The goal of many of the laws are not only to make striking illegal, but to use the very communities that teachers struck for as political fodder.
June 3, 2019

NLRB threatens free association rights of Graduate student-workers

The announcement that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) plans to roll back protections for Americans trying to collectively bargain and unionize is worrisome
March 7, 2019

Two New DHS Domestic Spying Scandals Revealed

Both Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) are engaged in monitoring and tracking First Amendment protected activity.Monitoring of political speech is inherently chilling. It is also outside the jurisdiction of both ICE and CBP.
March 5, 2019

Letter from Healthy Gulf RE: Mississippi Critical Infrastructure Bill

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March 5, 2019

Mississippi Legislature Takes Aim at Free Speech Rights of Landowners, Conservation Groups

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March 5, 2019

Coalition Letter of Opposition to Illinois Critical Infrastructure Bill 2019

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February 8, 2019

Local Resolution Against State Critical Infrastructure Bill

The Athens, Ohio City Council passed a resolution against a Critical Infrastructure bill (SB250) being considered by the state legislature in 2018.  Direct link: Original document name: Athens Ohio Resolution Against SB 250.pdf [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”resource-type”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”geo”], [wpv-post-taxonomy
January 18, 2019

What Activists Need to Know About Critical Infrastructure Bills

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October 17, 2018
iconic image of a sea of protesters on the National Mall for 1963 March on Washington

Over 140,000 Comments Submitted in Response to NPS’s Proposed Protest Regulations

The National Park Service is considering new regulation that would severely curtail the right to protest. Reactions to these new regulations have been overwhelming. The comment period closed on October 15. We don't yet know the total number of comments received, but so far the NPS has counted over 71,000 comments. This count is still growing. 
October 9, 2018

How to Write Strong Comments to the National Park Services Defending Our Right to Protest

If a new set regulations passes, activists will face serious hurdles in organizing protests on the National Mall or at the White House, potentially making such demonstrations a thing of the past. We need your help in defending the right to protest. The National Park Service is asking for comments on their proposed regulations and they need to hear from. You have until October 15 to submit them.